Photo by Brian Guilliaux
Photo by Brooks Burris
Hello my lovelies!
Cotati Fest is going virtual...
When: Sunday, August 23, 2020
Time: 2 PM CST (noon for our West Coast friends)
That's right, my fave accordion festival in the whole wide world has decided to put together a streaming weekend! While we will all miss being there in person having the greatest accordion/hippie/freak out time, it will still be a joy to bring you some music via the ol' interwebs. More info will follow very soon, so stay tuned...
TCU Extended Education Course Complete!
What a wonderful month of July full of Western Swing music!
I enjoyed teaching and talking about all things Western Swing with an appreciative group of students. Thanks to TCU for the opportunity!
If you would like to check out what we covered, here is a link to my educational webpage: Western Swing and Cowtown
Many thanks to my guest lecturers and musicians:
Justin "Hushpuppy" Robertson - a Fort Worth native discussing his personal Western Swing experiences, as well as bringing in great records and 78s for us to hear
J.D. Barham - sharing his family's long history and association with Western Swing music, as well as bringing in artifacts, and playing some fiddle music for us!
Robert Willis - Al Stricklin's grandson, sharing his personal recollections growing up around wonderful musicians, learning from them, and time with his legendary grandfather
William L. Williams and Trinity River Music - an online archival project documenting North Texas music. William shared over 100 photos with us for our viewing pleasure featuring Western Swing musicians and venues dating back to the 1930's
Glenn McLaughlin - demonstrating classic Eldon Shamblin style Western Swing guitar and discussing his experience as a Western Swing music camp director in Truscott, TX
Nathan Phelps, Glenn McLaughlin and myself - performing a fifteen minute mini-concert on the last day to show the students some live Western Swing stylings!